Ruth Goldway

Yesterday, the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) determined that the rates proposed by the USPS (averaging 1.6 percent) are consistent with the law, provided that the Postal Service does not implement Full Service IMb requirements concurrently with the proposed increased rates. (Note: The USPS proposed its 4.3 percent exigent postage increase in a separate filing. A decision on exigency will be rendered by the PRC soon.)

U.S. postal regulators have finally approved controversial new Standard Mail Flats prices at the U.S. Postal Service. USPS had suggested the Postal Regulatory Commission was going a little further than its remit when it rejected its original proposals last month, and demanded an above-average price rise for the rate category that includes items like catalogs. Under protest, USPS went away and proposed a fresh rate increase, which yesterday was approved by the regulators. As approved, Standard Mail Flats rates will increase by an average of 2.617 percent as of Jan. 27. This compares to a 2.61 percent increase for Standard

The U.S. Postal Service is proposing to cut its rates for one of the nation’s top direct marketing companies, a move that threatens the newspaper industry’s biggest money-maker: the Sunday advertising bundle. The post office expects to generate $15 million in profits over three years by cutting what it charges Valassis Communications Inc. for new mass mailings. Livonia, Mich.-based Valassis sent more than 3 billion pieces of so-called junk mail through the post office last year. Under the proposal, Valassis has promised to send even more bulk mail. On those additional mailings, the Postal Service will give the company …

The U.S. Postal Service is moving into the digital age, but in its current financial and political situation it can only achieve the move through incremental change, it said on Wednesday. Speaking at the PostalVision2020 conference in Arlington, Virginia, Deputy Postmaster General Ron Stroman said the USPS recognised that digital communications “is here and not going away.”

Do we need a Post Office? That is the question I will be asking when I keynote and moderate PostalVision 2020, a one-day conference in Washington on June 15 along with Google’s Vint Cerf and other players and experts from the industry.

Do we need a Post Office? That is the question I will be asking when I keynote and moderate PostalVision 2020, a one-day conference in Washington on June 15 along with Google’s Vint Cerf and other players and experts from the industry.

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